King Hussein’s Porsche 959 at Kuwait Concours d’Elegance
King Hussein of Jordan’s Porsche 959 on display at Kuwait Concours d’Elegance
By Shahzad Sheikh
King Hussein of Jordan knew his cars, and this is one of them, a 1987 Porsche 959.
One of the special cars on show here at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance is this sensational example of Porsche’s original supercar, an Ferrari F40 rival and a car that marked the advent of the modern supercar.
It featured Kevlar-reinforced aluminium body, twin-turbo engine, four-wheel drive and even an on-board computer to control the suspension – pioneering stuff for a supercar of its day, making this a technological tour-de-force. With 0-100kph in 3.8 seconds it was one of the fastest cars of its time.
Only 200 were made and this particular beast was owned by King Hussein. It’s in a remarkably tasteful dark green colour, with black magnesium wheels, and resides in the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, Jordan.